Friday, November 26, 2010

Out of Style? Not for Me!

I understand all too well that some of my readers weren’t even born in the seventies, but those of you who were around during those years probably remember the crocheted poncho. My clever and crafty sister made this for me in 1972 or 1973.

No one would ever describe me as being stylish, but even I know that the fashionable woman of today does not dress in a crocheted poncho. I understand that wearing it announces to the world that I am not classy. During my kids’ teenage years, it gave me great pleasure to wear it, since doing so gave them fits. My daughter once made the comment, “I’ve heard of fashion statements, but that is a fashion exclamation, and it’s exclaiming ‘OUCH!’”


I am always happy when the weather gets cool enough to pull out my poncho. I may look like a pathetic old hippie, but underneath all that yarn, I feel young.


Thanks, Sis. I still love my poncho. In fact, I would love one in pastel colors for spring.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Posts I Didn't Write

It’s been quite some time since my last post to this blog. (Did you miss me? Oh, I hope so!) Those of you who don’t see or hear from me regularly may have thought I died of food poisoning from the church picnic. (See previous post. And no, no one got food poisoning.)

My break from blogging wasn’t intentional. I’ve been busy, but that’s nothing new. Having written 103 posts in less than two years, maybe I’ve said most of what I want to say, but I doubt it. I have lots of opinions and stories.

Recently I read a charming, but strange, little book written by a couple of very old ladies. They called one chapter “The Men We Didn’t Marry.” Taking a pointer from them, I thought I’d mention a few things that have happened in my life this fall that I didn’t document. They are all topics I thought about pursuing, but didn’t. So here’s a summary of “The Posts I Didn’t Write.”


Every year the Oklahoma State Department of Education holds an event designed for educators and librarians called “Encyclomedia.” I met some writers, learned about the latest books, and hung out with my writing friends. But I didn’t blog about Encyclomedia.


I toured two historic neighborhoods (Linwood and Heritage Hills), where I saw some beautiful homes. I had a great time, the weather was perfect, and the friends who accompanied me were fun. But I didn’t blog about the home tours.


My friend Randi, from our Mark Twain years, married Steven. It was a beautiful wedding, and Ienjoyed spending time with school friends. But I didn’t blog about the wedding.


I used to love to go to the state fair. Then everything started to look like the same old stuff I’d seen the previous year, so I stopped going. I don’t know when I last attended, but it has been many, many years. In September I decided to check out the fair again. Unfortunately, it looked like the same old stuff I remembered from way back when. And it cost $3.50 for a soft drink! I didn’t want to sound cranky, so I didn’t blog about the fair.

I've also done a lot of very routine or boring things. But I didn't blog about them.